About IICN

IICN, a division of NCFI, is committed to the development and offering of various non-academic courses which engage nurses from across the globe in learning more about the integration of a Christian worldview into their nursing practice, education, leadership, and research.

Resources for Christian Nurses

I Corinthians 10:31 states “Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God“. Our one and two-day courses present different concepts and content to help nurses learn how to live out their faith and be a witness to Christ in every nursing role and responsibility. These courses are presented by Christian nurses, and some courses are in partnership with other Christian faith organizations.

 In this website you will find material developed by IICN that you can use to strengthen your Christian life and witness as a nurse.

IICN Director’s Message

As the pandemic of Covid-19 continues to take lives and have a negative impact on global humanity, the conflict, pain, fear, and grief of racism has risen to the heights of our attention. While the virus gave opportunity for nurses and the profession of nursing to be highly honored in this international Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the fight against racism should also be of critical importance to nurses everywhere. We are globally, the largest body of healthcare providers. We are on every continent, in every nation, in widely diverse practice environments and roles, and we ourselves and our patients represent every race, ethnic group, language, culture, faith, age and gender.

When you look at my photo and see that I am the color White, assumptions can be made and the context from which I write is indicated. I grew up in a Christian home where the relationship with God through Jesus Christ was lived out in home, church, community, and globe. My parents raised us to love and respect all persons and there was diversity at our dining room table. My community and friends were/are racially and culturally diverse. In the region where I live, over 200 languages are spoken. I learned more from the many missionaries who stayed in our home and I have been able to meet, serve, and fellowship with nurses on six continents.

Therefore, I want to celebrate the diversity of nurses as well as the commonality we share. Influenced by schooling, cultural norms, and regulations for nursing training and education, nurses may care differently but they care. Every nurse I have worked with across the globe has brought the wellness of the patient to the forefront of their daily lives. Now add a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Christian nurses should bring their hope and faith in God into their patient care. I pray they do. (For those who want to learn more about how to do so, IICN offers courses for you).

When we become children of God, we are to do two things: “Love the Lord our God with all of our heart, and with all of our soul, and with all of our mind, and with all of our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourself” (Mark 12:30-31).

Scripture also teaches us that “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave or free, nor is there male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). So if we love God with our total being, and there is no particular designation or category better than another, how can we not love the diversity of our world?

It must be clarified that love does not always mean we like each individual. There is no person in the world that likes, or is liked by, every other person in the world. It is okay not to like everything about everybody. None of us like exactly the same food, style of hair, church, etc., so why do we think we would “like” every personality or decision made by others. However, the not liking can never be based on the color of the skin, the language spoken, or where someone calls home. Love your neighbor as yourself means to understand we can have different perspectives but still see each other as humans made in the image of God (Genesis 9:6). This gives every person value. It makes providing the highest quality and compassionate care for every person a special ministry for the Christian nurse. It means that because of our relationship with the creator of all, every Christian nurse is to care without prejudice.

Susan Elliott

Dr. Susan Elliott, PhD, MSN, RNC, APRN-BC,  PHN, Professor.  Director, International Institute of Christian Nursing

Email: iicn.director@ncfi.org

Director’s Message – June 2020

IICN Vision and Mission


Christian nurses honoring God through daily integration of the Christian worldview in all professional nursing roles and responsibilities.


To promote the integration of the Christian worldview in nursing practice, education, leadership, and research through faith-based resources, networking, and professional development.

Institute Leadership

Leadership of the International Institute of Christian Nursing consists of a Director, Communications Manager, and three Institute Committees.   

IICN Director

Susan Elliott, PhD, RNC, APRN-BC, PHN, Professor began her tenure as the   volunteer Director of IICN in February 2020. She can be contacted at iicn.director@ncfi.org

Key oversight responsibilities of the director include:

  • Prayerfully seeking God’s will for the Institute’s roles and responsibilities\
  • Securing that the IICN Mission and Vision are implemented
  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of the IICN Strategic Plan for the enhancement of NCFI and IICN
  • Development and promotion of professional and spiritual development online and in person courses and Bible studies
  • Coordinating committee online meetings and as well as representing IICN on the NCFI Executive Committee
  •  Representing IICN with partner organization and affiliations

IICN Communications Manager

A volunteer position to support the mission, vision, and communication technologies of IICN. This position is presenting open. For position roles and responsibilities please download the file. IICN Communications Manager

IICN Committees 

The Steering Committee has a global membership who guide the vision and mission activities of the Institute. Chaired by Dr. Elliott, the committee meets virtually once a month. There is also a Program Committee (professional development courses) and the CNI Editorial Committee (publication of the Christian Nurse International journal)

History of the Institute

 In 2004, NCFI nurse leaders began to conceptualize how NCFI could become the voice of Christian nursing within the profession. The early goal was to develop a credible resource grounded in scholarship, becoming a dedicated place for modeling the integration of faith and science. This resource would include Christian theology, moral leadership, inclusion of spiritual care in wholistic nursing care, ethics, and cultural awareness. The vision was to impact, influence, and shape the future of nursing for Christ.

 At the NCFI World Conference of 2004, Dr. Barbara White presented the institute concept to those gathered in Korea. While there was great interest in the concept, it would not be until the 2012 World Congress in Chile that the International Institute of Christian Nursing was established. Early leaders of the Institute included Dr. Barbara White and Dr. Linda Rieg. Across the next few years, the institute’s successes included the offering of multiple professional development courses on integration of faith and nursing, an online journal, and the establishment of key partnerships with other Christian healthcare-related, non-governmental organizations.

 These successes came in part from the early financial and academic support. Known as the Founding Organisations. Five universities were involved:

Biola University

Biola University, formally known as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, is a small Christian university in Southern California, USA. The Department of Nursing offers the undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science degree in nursing education. Biola nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is in good standing with the California Board of Registered Nursing. Their motto has been “Excellence in Professional Nursing: Called to Model Christ”. Students have multiple global missions opportunities with a yearly clinical experience in Rwanda. Dr. Susan Elliott, Director of IICN, served as director of this nursing program from 2008-2014.

California Baptist University

The California Baptist University College of Nursing is also located in Southern California, USA. Nursing programs of study include the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science Entry into Nursing (for students with an undergraduate degree in other fields), Master of Science in Nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice, all accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. Cal Baptist offers students global clinical experiences.

Colorado Christian University

Dr. Barbara White, founder of IICN, is also the founding dean of the Colorado Christian nursing programs where the vision is to empower nurses to practice nursing as ministry. Accredited nursing programs include the RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (for registered nurses who met basic requirements for RN licensure but who desire further nursing knowledge and skill and/or require a university degree for employment).  Also offered are the Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees.

Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan’s School of Nursing is located in central USA with campuses across 3 states. This large Christian university offers accredited undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in nursing with specialty certificates such as human trafficking. The School also offers the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  Their vision is that Indiana Wesleyan be a truly great Christian university serving the world and the nursing program offers student international mission opportunities.

University of  Northwestern – St. Paul

The University of Northwestern-St Paul offers a Christ-centered approach to service and care. The School of Nursing’s home is in Minnesota, USA where they are in good standing with their board of nursing and are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. This university offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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